Top tier academically? Check. Athletic program in the top 35 nationally? Check. Engineering and business programs among top 25 nationally? Check, check and check. Doctoral programs earning top rankings? Check. Top 30 among social media colleges and top 5 on Twitter? Check and check. We could go on, but you get the idea.
That said, here’s one you probably didn’t expect: Top 20 fashion program? Check.
That’s according to Fashionista, an influential blog which focuses on trends, events, companies and personalities in the fashion world. Looking at factors such as career placement, opinion within the fashion industry and program offerings, Fashionista ranked Baylor 19th in the nation — one of just seven liberal arts institutions to make the list.
“A fashion education within a big, fun traditional US university” is how the blog described Baylor’s program for apparel merchandising, design and product development. “Thanks to some generous donors, Baylor has the largest collection of fashion design, merchandising, and product development software and technology of any university in North America, including a state-of-the-art fabric printer so students can easily make their own fabrics.”
Sic ’em, Baylor fashion designers!